Laya Cooperman is a researcher in NCCD’s Oakland office. She has extensive experience with project coordination, data management and analysis, and communicating research findings. Laya is currently working on NCCD’s evaluation of the Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration California Well-Being Project, which provides flexible funding for child welfare and juvenile probation programs. Prior to joining NCCD, Laya was a research coordinator at the University of California, San Francisco, where she evaluated a hospital-based violence intervention program and patterns of injury in San Francisco. She also has research experience in the areas of tobacco control, substance abuse and mental health treatments, and interventions for school absenteeism. Laya’s diverse research background lends itself to a creative and comprehensive approach to evaluation. She is committed to improving outcomes and experiences for youth and underserved communities through the use of thorough research methods and capacity building.
Laya earned her master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Davis, focusing on epidemiology, and her BA in psychology from the University of Maryland.